Happy New Week Lovelies!
Welcome to Memory Lane Mondays!
This is a weekly feature of unforgettable books I have read in times past which have not had the chance to be reviewed on this blog as I read them a long time ago. Lets’ call them my personal classics. I will be featuring a new favorite every week and I hope you will be interested to read and enjoy some as I have.
This week’s pick is….
‘Imagine This’ by Sade Adeniran
I read this book many years ago and I remember that I really enjoyed reading it. It is the coming of age story of a young girl who is relocated from her life in London at age 9 to a village in Nigeria by her father.
This is the author’s debut novel and I think it was a good story and well written especially for a debut. However, I haven’t read it since I did in 2007 therefore I am not sure I will feel the same way I did when I read it back then.
Nevertheless, the story has remained in my mind all these years and it is one that tugged at my heart strings. I recommend.
Have you read this book?
It is 1977 when nine-year old Lola Ogunwole is wrenched from all that is familiar in London and thrust into an alien culture. Abandoned by her father and separated from her brother, Lola must adjust to living without the basic necessities, where a drink of water entails a six mile trek into the bushes. Unable to speak the language and spurned by her relatives, Lola struggles to find her identity in a place where she doesn’t quite fit.
Although sometimes bleak and harrowing, Imagine This is told with a feistiness and humour that provokes empathy towards Lola as she moves from childhood to adulthood, searching for love and acceptance and coming to terms with the hardest thing of all, loss.
Sade Adeniran is a writer based in London. Her work has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and been performed at The Lyric, The Bush and Riverside Studios. Imagine This is her first novel.
Published: May 26th 2008 (first published May 31st 2007)
Genre: African Literature